I did however get as far as the lakes, where there was a couple of surprises, for as well as the 37 MALLARD, and 4 MOORHEN, a COOT (66) was also present, but a much scarcer patch bird was blindingly obvious - a MUTE SWAN (67) ! Coot and Mute Swan are both common species that can be found on most water bodies, but on my patch they are scarce birds, especially the Mute Swan, only one other record has been had this year, and that was a flyover back on March 24th, todays sighting of one actually on the lake is only the second record of Mute Swan on the water, the last was back in February 2008. Such a shame the weather was so poor my camera was left at home :-( Two CORMORANTS flew in to fish whilst I was there, making the lakes a busier place than they have been for quite some time!
The two new species for the month takes the December tally to 67, which places it in joint 3rd place over all, the same total as achieved in 2009.
I spent some time this afternoon trying to get some images from my garden feeders for todays blog post, but it really was so dull and wet it proved to be quite a challenge, the best I achieved was another grainy GREEN WOODPECKER effort, and a COAL TIT .